Music icon Prince has become the latest artist to cancel tour dates following the terror attacks in Paris. The 57-year-old star had been due to play 16 dates across Europe as part of his Prince Spotlight: Piano and a Microphone tour, but his French production company has confirmed that he will no longer be going ahead with these plans.
A total of 129 people were killed in the co-ordinated attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium by Islamic Static (Isis) that took place in the French capital on 13 November. A major manhunt is currently under way to find one of the suspects, Salah Abdeslam. French President Francois Hollande is set to travel to Washington and Moscow next week for talks with US and Russian leaders.
Hours after the Paris tragedy, a statement appeared on the Purple Rain hit maker's Twitter account, which read: "Due to the tragic events in Paris, the tour promoter has decided to postpone the upcoming European tour until further notice."
Prince had been due to perform in Paris on 11 December, playing two shows at the Palais Garnier after kicking of his tour in Vienna, Austria, with further dates in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.He was also set to travel to the UK for tour dates in London, Glasgow and Birmingham, but had halted ticket sales after touts allegedly increased the price.
Meanwhile, The Foo Fighters have also cancelled the rest of their European tour in the wake of the atrocities saying that they had been forced to make the decision "in light of this senseless violence". The band had been due to perform at the Bercy Arena in the French capital 16 November and at the Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France, the following day.
U2, Rudimental and Years & Years have also cancelled the rest of their European tours in the wake of the tragic events, in particular the attack on an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theatre, where the majority of victims were killed.
British boyband The Vamps expressed their devastation after discovering that two members of their record label team were killed in the Paris massacres. Marie Mosser, 24, and Thomas Ayad, 32, who worked for the French arm of Universal, lost their lives at the Bataclan concert hall.
"We want to pass on our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Thomas and Marie who were a huge part of The Vamps team in France and who tragically passed away Friday night in Paris," they wrote in a touched Facebook post. "They will be sorely missed by us and all that knew them."